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David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers, (c) mobile telephones, (d) BlackBerrys, (e) CD and DVD discs, (f) removable hard disk drives, (g) printers, (h) backup tapes, (i) USB memory sticks and (j) other IT assets that were reported lost in 2011 were lost in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.

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Andrew Robathan (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; South Leicestershire, Conservative)

holding answer 27 February 2012

The MOD takes any loss of CIS and associated media storage devices very seriously and has robust procedures in place to stop this happening, and investigate when it does. New processes, instructions and technological aids are also being implemented to reduce to a minimum human error and raise the awareness of every individual in the MOD.

The following table sets out how many (a) desktop computers, (b) laptop computers, (c) mobile telephones, (d) BlackBerrys, (e) CD and DVD discs, (f)removable hard disk drives, (g) printers, (h) backup tapes, (i) USB memory sticks and (j) other IT assets that were reported lost in 2011 were lost in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.

CIS Asset Lost within UK Lost overseas Total
Desktop computers 1 2 3
Laptop computers 36 20 56
Mobile telephones 8 1 9
BlackBerry's 10 0 10
CD and DVDs 78 162 240
Removable hard disk drives 30 9 39
Printers 2 0 2
Backup tapes 4 1 5
USB Memory sticks 28 6 34
Notes: 1. These are only the incidents that were reported to the Joint Security Co-ordination Centre (JSyCC) and may not include any losses which are in the reporting process. 2. These totals do not include incidents which are currently under investigation and may also include some losses relating to accounting anomalies during force rotation and/or disposal activities: 3. The data does not necessarily take account of assets that have subsequently been found or returned. To determine where this is the case, each incident would have to be individually reviewed in detail and it has not been possible to do so in the time available.

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